Harry Reid could sink no lower
Mitt Romney’s taxes are once again coming up in the president campaign. With the Congress at a stalemate over whether to extend all current rates for another year and class warfare rhetoric ever-present, this is an issue where President Obama’s campaign and Democrats feel that Romney is vulnerable.
With that, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has taken it upon himself to float a baseless claim that the reason that Romney hasn’t disclosed more of his tax returns is because he didn’t pay any taxes at all:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed Tuesday in an interview that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney refuses to release additional tax returns because he didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.
The interview, published Tuesday by The Huffington Post, includes several swipes by the Senate leader at the GOP candidate.
“His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said in reference to George Romney’s decision to turn over 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in 1968.
Reid suggested that Romney’s decision to withhold tax information would bar him from ever earning Senate confirmation to a Cabinet post. Then, Reid recalled a phone call his office received about a month ago from “a person who had invested with Bain Capital,” according to The Huffington Post.
Reid said the person told him: “Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.”
“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” Reid told HuffPo. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”
Romney has released returns dating back to 2010, but has declined to make more returns public, and there is no requirement that he do so. This issue had somewhat disappeared over the last couple of weeks, after ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been questioned by reporters about her down tax returns. In fact, only a handful those in Congress disclose their tax returns, according to a McClatchy report.
Reid, who hasn’t disclosed his own tax returns, again repeated the claim yesterday, claiming that a “number of people” had told him that Romney didn’t file his taxes. He also said that, despite the fact the claim is completely unsubstaniated, the burden of proof is on Romney — certainly a ludicrous assertion.
Jeremy Kolassa nailed it a couple of weeks ago when he wrote that these guys should be focusing on tax reform, not tax returns. But Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, nailed it last night, calling Reid’s claim what it really is — “a bullshit shot”: